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School of Social Work
Faculty of Social Sciences
This is not an official University publication and while every effort is made to
ensure the accuracy of the information it contains, the relevant sites of
Flinders University should be consulted for definitive information.
1.     STAFF OF THE SCHOOL                                               3
2.     CONTACT DETAILS                                                   5
3.     INTRODUCTION                                                      6
4.     USEFUL URLS                                                       7
5.     THE PROFESSION OF SOCIAL WORK                                     8
6.     AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS                          9
7.     MISSION STATEMENT                                                 9
8.     COURSES OFFERED WITHIN THE SCHOOL                                10
8.1    Bachelors of Social Work & Social Planning                       10
8.2    Bachelor of Social Work (no intake from 2009)                    10
8.3    Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)                                10
8.4    Master of Social Work                                            10
8.5    Master of Arts (Social Work)                                     11
8.6    Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief & Trauma Counselling         11
8.7    PhD                                                              11
8.8    Available Financial Support                                      12
9.     ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES                                        12
9.1    Attendance Policy                                                12
9.2    International Student Support                                    13
9.3    Student Email                                                    13
9.4    Flinders Learning Online                                         13
9.5    Cover Sheets for Assignments                                     13
9.6    Submission/Collection of Assignments                             14
9.7    Notification of Change of Address                                14
9.8    Student Files                                                    14
9.9    Freedom of Information                                           14
9.10   Director of Studies                                              15
9.11   Field Education                                                  15
9.12   Noticeboards                                                     15
9.13   Student Material for Distribution                                15
9.14   Student Computer Facilities (including ‘Where to go for Help’)   16
10.    ENROLMENT                                                        19
10.1   Full-time or Part-time                                           19
10.2   Timetable Constraints                                            19
10.3   Enrolment in Extra Topics                                        20

10.4    Credit for Topics Previously Completed                         20
10.5    Continuing Enrolment                                           20
10.6    Completion of Studies                                          21
10.7    Interruption of Studies                                        21
10.8    Withdrawal Deadlines                                           22
10.9    Amendment to Enrolment                                         22
10.10   Review of Student Progress                                     23
11.     ASSESSMENT                                                     23
11.1    Components and Weighting                                       23
11.2    Grading System                                                 24
11.3    Assessment Criteria                                            24
11.4    Assessment Policy for Field Education                          26
11.5    Application for an Extension Beyond the Due Date               26
11.6    Supplementary Assessment                                       27
11.7    Academic Integrity                                             27
12.     INDIVIDUAL APPEAL PROCEDURES                                   29
12.1    Review of Marks for, and Re-Marking of, Assessment Exercises   29
12.2    Appeals Against Final Topic Grades                             31
13.     STAFF-STUDENT CONSULTATION                                     31
13.1    Staff-Student Consultative Committee                           31
13.2    Feedback and Complaint Channels                                31
14.     ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES                                      31
14.1    Flinders University Library                                    31
14.2    Unibooks                                                       32
14.3    Student Learning Centre                                        32
14.4    Health & Counselling Services                                  32
14.5    Flinders One                                                   33
14.6    Equal Opportunity Unit                                         33
14.7    International Office & International Student Services Unit     34
14.8    Yunggorendi                                                    34
        ORGANISATION (SWAPSO)                                          34
16.     PRIZES AWARDED THROUGH THE SCHOOL                              34
17.     GRADUATION                                                     36
18.     CAREER & EMPLOYMENT LIAISON CENTRE                             36
19.     IMPORTANT DATES 2009                                           37
20.     UNIVERSITY MAP                                                 39
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BULL, Mr Michael                        8201 2259          Room 347SSS
Director of Studies, GCLGTC             michael.a.bull@flinders.edu.au
CLARK, Ms Penny                         8201 2722/0431500863 Room 341SSS
Field Education Coordinator             penny.clark@flinders.edu.au
CLEWORTH, Ms Julianne                   8201 2206         Room 340SSS
Administrative Assistant                julianne.cleworth@flinders.edu.au
FRASER, Dr Heather                      8201 5302          Room 343SSS
Lecturer                                h.fraser@flinders.edu.au
Coordinator, external MSW course
HALLAHAN, Dr Lorna                      8201 5040          Room 355SSS
Lecturer                                lorna.hallahan@flinders.edu.au
HARRISON, Ms Janine                     8201 2253          Room 339SSS
Field Education Coordinator             janine.harrison@flinders.edu.au
HENSLEY, Trish                          8301 4200 Loss & Grief Centre
Student Unit Field Educator             trish.hensley@flinders.edu.au
JAMIESON, Rosalind                      8201 2027         Room 343SSS
Field Education Coordinator             rosalind.jamieson@flinders.edu.au
IRIZARRY, Assoc Professor Carol         8201 2452           Room 344SSS
Postgraduate Program Coordinator/       carol.irizarry@flinders.edu.au
Director of Higher Degrees
KERR, Dr Lorraine                       8201 5973          Room 345SSS
Lecturer                                lorraine.kerr@flinders.edu.au
MAYWALD, Ms Sue                         8201 3559        Room 338SSS
Field Education Coordinator             sue.maywald@flinders.edu.au
MILLER, Professor Chris                 8201 3527          Room 346SSS
Head of School                          chris.miller@flinders.edu.au
MILLER, Dr Keith                 8201 5619          Room 337SSS
Director of Studies, BSWBSP, BSW keith.miller@flinders.edu.au
MUBARAK ALI, Dr                         8201 2677        Room 336SSS
Director of Studies, MSW                mubarak@flinders.edu.au
ROACH, Mr David                         8201 3954         Room 236SSS
Lecturer                                david.roach@flinders.edu.au

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SHEPHERDSON, Ms Robyn               8201 3928        Room 340SSS
Administrative Officer              robyn.shepherdson@flinders.edu.au
VERITY, Assoc Professor Fiona     8201 2720          Room 345SSS
Undergraduate Program Coordinator fiona.verity@flinders.edu.au
Honours Coordinator
YORK, Ms Ella                       8201 2206          Room 340SSS
Administrative Assistant            ella.york@flinders.edu.au

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     Post:       School of Social Work
                 Faculty of Social Sciences
                 Flinders University
                 GPO Box 2100
                 ADELAIDE SA 5001

     Phone:      8201 2206
     Fax:        8201 3760
     Email:      social.work@flinders.edu.au
     Location:   Room 340 Social Sciences South Building

     Webpage:      http://www.socsci.flinders.edu.au/soad/

UNIVERSITY WEBSITE:                www.flinders.edu.au
Please bookmark this website as a resource for all student matters

                       Graduation, December 2008

School of Social Work


This handbook is to assist students undertaking a course in the School of
Social Work. It provides important information about enrolment
requirements, assessment and grading, administrative procedures and
student support services. You are encouraged to review this information
thoroughly to increase your understanding of the expectations and
resources within the course and the University.

It may be useful in reading the handbook to distinguish the following
The School of Social Work (the School) is the academic unit within the
University responsible for the organisation and teaching of the Bachelors
of Social Work and Social Planning, Bachelor of Social Work, Master of
Social Work, Master of Arts (Social Work) and Graduate Certificate in
Loss, Grief & Trauma Counselling courses.
The Faculty of Social Sciences (the Faculty) is the administrative unit
within the University responsible for all social science courses. The
School of Social Work is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The Faculty Board (the Board) comprises representatives of the academic
staff, general staff, undergraduate students and postgraduate students of
the Faculty and is responsible for the conduct of academic programs and
courses of study.

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     Flinders University

     School of Social Work

     Student Email

     Flinders Learning Online (FLO)

     Information for Current Students

     Student Related Policies & Procedures

     Academic Integrity

     Important Dates

     Semester Dates

     Careers & Employer Liaison Centre

     Faculty of Social Sciences, Information for Students

School of Social Work


The philosophy and structure of the social work courses of the School
reflect the following definition of social work used by the AASW:
“Social work is the profession committed to the pursuit of social justice,
to the enhancement of the quality of life, and the development of the full
potential of each individual, group and community in society.
Social workers pursue these goals by working to address the barriers,
inequities and injustices that exist in society, and by active involvement in
situations of personal distress and crisis. This is done by working with
individuals towards the realisation of their intellectual, physical and
emotional potential, and by working with individuals, groups and
communities in the pursuit and achievement of equitable access to social,
economic and political resources.
Social workers also pursue their goals through involvement in research,
policy development and analysis, consultancy and management.

     Social workers:
     • Work with individuals, groups and communities to shape and
        change the conditions in which they live.
     • Advocate for disadvantaged members of society.
     • Work towards the elimination of social inequalities in society to
        facilitate a more equitable distribution of resources.
     • Engage in research to build our knowledge-base and understanding
        of society.
     • Analyse, challenge and develop social policies.

     Social work practice is informed by professional education based on
     an analysis and understanding of human development and behaviour
     and of complex social processes. It accepts a commitment to working
     within a stated value position and code of ethics. An integral part of
     the education of each social worker is the demonstration in practice
     settings of this analysis, understanding and commitment.”
                                             Introducing the AASW, 2002, p6

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The Australian Association of Social Workers is the professional
representative body of social workers in Australia. It was formed in 1946
at the federal level, although a number of state branches had formed prior
to this. It has a code of ethics which contains a set of principles agreed to
by all members. These principles guide all social work practice.

Graduates of the Bachelors of Social Work and Social Planning, Bachelor
of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and Master of Social
Work have the capabilities that will enable them to meet the requirements
for membership of the AASW.

An application for membership can be downloaded at:


The School of Social Work within the Faculty of Social Sciences of
Flinders University is dedicated to the creation of a just, peaceful and
equitable society and world.

Our mission is to educate students in the critical analysis, administration
and implementation of social welfare policies and services. We aim to
foster imagination and lateral thinking in the exercising of judgements
which can be applied flexibly and credibly in macro and micro situations
while working towards social justice. The quality of our educational
standards and the competence of our graduates lie in their abilities to
demonstrate the logical and systematic application of clearly delineated
knowledge and values within the context of social welfare structures.

Our mission also includes the responsibility to model and implement the
same commitment to social justice as we hold as an educational goal.
This means working towards a goal of cooperation, collaboration and
equity among ourselves and with students as well as addressing issues of
prejudice or non-inclusiveness as experienced in our own School and in
the wider university. Our School aims to practice the values that we teach
and to engage with others in pursuing a more just society.

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8.1 Bachelors of Social Work & Social Planning
This is a double degree undergraduate program which equips students to
work in a wide range of areas related to the provision of welfare services
in a modern society. Graduates will receive two degrees: Bachelor of
Social Work; Bachelor of Social Planning.
It combines traditional social work skills with the broader area of social
planning, providing expertise not just in the delivery of social services but
also in the development and monitoring of programs which are
appropriate to current social conditions. Graduates who choose to work
as social workers will understand the policy and funding decisions which
affect their daily activities, while those who move into policy and
planning areas will know the impact of their decisions on people working
in the field.

8.2 Bachelor of Social Work –
no admission to this program from 2009
This is a 72-unit (2-year full time, or equivalent part time) graduate entry
course. After first year, students who attain the requisite standard may
apply to enter the Honours stream. Alternatively, after first year, students
may apply to enter the MSW program (entry point 3 of 8.4, see below).

8.3 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
This is an alternative final year program of the Bachelors of Social Work
and Social Planning [second year program of the Bachelor of Social
Work], comprising four classroom topics, field education placement and a
12,000 word thesis.

8.4 Master of Social Work
The Master of Social Work is a 72-unit (2-year full-time, or equivalent
part-time) degree. It provides a higher degree coursework degree
following a bachelor degree which normally includes some social sciences
or a degree/major in social work. It provides students with advanced skills
in policy, research and practice.
There are three different points of entry into the Master of Social Work:

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   1. Applicants who have completed a bachelor degree other than in
      Social Work are eligible to apply for entry, and if admitted they
      must complete the full 72 units (12 topics).
   2. Applicants who have completed a recognised Bachelor of Social
      Work degree, a social work major, or a qualification deemed by
      the Faculty Board to be equivalent, are eligible to apply for entry
      to the course. Such applicants may be granted up to 36 units of
      credit (6 topics).
   3. Applicants who have completed the first year of the Bachelor of
      Social Work at Flinders University at a standard approved by the
      Board or hold other qualifications deemed equivalent by the Board
      are eligible to apply for entry to the course. Such applicants may
      be granted up to 18 units of credit. After the first year of the
      Master of Social Work course such students will be eligible to be
      awarded the Bachelor of Social Work degree, but must surrender it
      on completion of the masters program.
8.5 Master of Arts (Social Work)
This is a 36-unit course that provides an opportunity for independent
research into a topic of relevance to the field of social work. At the end of
this course students will have developed conceptual and analytical
abilities in social work theory and practice and research skills necessary
for the completion of the thesis.

8.6 Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief & Trauma Counselling
This is a specialised course for social workers, nurses, teachers,
counsellors and other professionals who wish to gain the specific skills
and knowledge required to assist people suffering loss, grief or trauma.

8.7 PhD
This is a doctoral degree which is undertaken entirely or primarily by
research. Intending applicants should contact the Director of Higher
Degrees to discuss the proposed research project, and to identify a
possible supervisor.

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8.8 Available Financial Support

                    Under      Post        HECS-   FEE-      Youth
                     grad      grad        HELP    HELP     Allow/      RTS
     BSW (Hons)


9.1 Attendance Policy for Students
The School of Social Work endorses the principles and approaches of
active adult learning and therefore places a high value on the interactive
dimensions of teaching and learning in all aspects of social work
education. By participating in class based activities, students can explore
their emerging understanding of social work theory, knowledge and
practice with fellow students and teaching staff. This recognises the
considerable life and work experience amongst the students and facilitates
an active translation of formal learning into practice knowledge and
Therefore the School of Social Work requires all students enrolled
internally to participate maximally in campus based learning activities.
Attendance at academic lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars is
required. Students must be present 80% of the time to complete the topic.
Each topic coordinator will indicate in their topic outline and statement of
assessment methods the consequence for attendance below 80%.
In light of this policy, the School presents web-based learning materials as
adjunct resources to assist students in ongoing reflection and research.

For requirements for students enrolled externally, please contact the
School office, social.work@flinders.edu.au

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9.2 International Student Support
Due to the distance from home, international students tend to have less
support than their fellow students. Feelings of isolation and not knowing
where to turn, particularly in times of additional anxiety, can add to the
students’ anguish.
The staff of the School of Social Work are committed to assisting and
supporting international students. In the case of an accident or serious
illness, the school would like to be informed. In such situations, the
following staff can be contacted: Carol Irizarry, Penny Clark (contact
details can be found on p4).

9.3 Student Email
Communication from the School to students will usually be by email.
Each student has a University email address (this is your
FAN@flinders.edu.au). Please check your email regularly. Did you
know that you can forward your University email to your preferred email
address – see email utilities.

9.4 Flinders Learning Online
Flinders Learning Online (FLO) is the computer system used for online
learning at Flinders University. Access is available to all students with a
FAN (Flinders Authentication Name). FLO can be accessed from any
computer, on or off campus, which has Internet access. All topics at
Flinders have a web presence. Some topics have course information only,
others have the weekly lectures in written and audio format, and others
have been set up for interactive learning.

9.5 Cover Sheets for Assignments
There is a faculty-approved cover sheet which should be attached to all
assignments. Copies are available from the Faculty Enquiry Office (room
254SSS) or the essay box outside room 338SSS, or downloaded from
A specific ‘field education’ cover sheet is required for field education
material – copies are available by the essay box outside room 338SSS.

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9.6 Submission/Collection of Assignments
The Assignment and Student Enquiries Office (room 254SSS) is open
during semester times, Monday-Thursday, 9.00-11.00am; 11.30am-
1.00pm and 2.00-4.00pm.

Assignments may be submitted at any time using an Assignment Cover
Sheet. An Assignment Safe is located in the foyer, near 254SSS, and
assignments may be submitted through the internal slot in the foyer during
business hours or submitted via the external slot (marked ‘assignments
in’) in the wall adjacent to the office at all hours. There is also a locked
essay box located outside the Social Work office, near room 338SSS, for
the submission of assignments.

Note: Field education material is to be submitted through the School
office, either into the essay box near room 338SSS or the field education
coordinator’s pigeon hole.

Assignments may be collected during opening hours only. Students need
to provide the topic code (eg SOAD1003) and their student card (or other
photo ID) Written authorisation and/or relevant student card is required
to collect an assignment for a third party.

9.7 Notification of Change of Address
It is important to amend your personal information on the Student System
as your details change, particularly your address and telephone number.

9.8 Student Files
Individual student files are maintained by the School for administrative
purposes. It is usual for the following material to be held on file in respect
of each student:
(a) Field education documents: information sheets, letter of confirmation
    of placement, mid-placement and end of placement reports.
(b) Copies of letters confirming arrangements between staff member and

9.9 Freedom of Information
The University is subject to the Freedom of Information Act (South
Australia). For further information, please see:

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9.10 Director of Studies
All course matters, other than those relating to the requirements of a
particular topic, should be addressed to the Director of Studies. This
includes matters requiring the approval of the Standing Committee,
matters requiring the approval of the Examinations Board, and
communications by the School on the student’s behalf with outside
Matters requiring the approval of the Higher Degreees Committee should
be directed to the Director of Higher Degrees.
Students who have successfully completed their course may obtain a
statement to that effect from the Director of Studies as soon as the
Examinations Board has met to approve the results, usually by the second
week in December. Employers have been prepared to accept this
statement for salary purposes, pending the actual conferring of the degree.

9.11 Field Education
The field education component of the course is arranged by the field
education coordinators, to whom all enquiries concerning placements
should be directed. Interviews are held with all students as early as
practicable in the year in which they are enrolled in a field education topic
so that students’ interests, and any special circumstances, can be taken
into account in planning the field placements. Any matters arising in the
course of a placement should be discussed in the first instance with the
field educator concerned and also with the field education coordinator.

9.12 Noticeboards
Students should check the following noticeboards regularly:
•    Room 112SSS: notices about matters affecting students and general
•    School of Social Work (outside room 339SSS): general information,
     student information, field education information, jobs, etc.

9.13 Student Material for Distribution
Please contact the topic coordinator regarding photocopying that is
required for tutorials, etc.

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9.14 Student Computer Facilities
Any student who has a current enrolment in a Social Sciences topic has
access to the Social Sciences computer facilities. Computer accounts are
automatically generated for all Social Sciences students, and are updated
daily. Note that you must have a current enrolment in a Social
Sciences topic in order to have access to the computing facilities.
Computer lab locations:
Law/Commerce Building :                  113, 114
Social Sciences South (SSS):             010
Social Sciences North (SSN):             106, 107, 221
Computer lab opening hours
Normal opening hours for all labs are 7am - 6pm, Monday - Friday during
teaching times.
After hours access (24hrs, 7days) is available in rooms 106, 107SSN. If
you require after-hours access you must register at room 253SSN. You
will need to show your student card when registering. Please state whether
you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student when requesting after
hours access. Once your access has been arranged, use your student card
as an access-card to gain entry to the labs after hours. After hours access
expires at the end of each semester.
The computer labs are not accessible to undergraduate students outside of
teaching times (ie mid-year, end of year breaks – after all exams and
assignments have concluded).
Surveillance of computer labs
All computer labs are monitored by 24 hour video surveillance. Please be
aware of this. Use of the computer labs denotes agreement to this.
Lab rules
The lab rules are displayed in each lab. Please take the time to become
familiar with them. In general they require you to be responsible, quiet,
courteous, tidy, careful, legal, etc. It is also a breach of the rules to assist
others to gain entry to rooms which are controlled by access-reader.
Breaking the rules may result in the suspension of your computer account.
Your computer account
Your Social Sciences computer account allows you to login in the Social
Sciences computer labs. Once you have logged in, you may want to check
your email or access Flinders Learning Online.
Logging in
Type in your FAN details at the login screen.

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The first time you login, you need to activate your FAN and change your
password before you can access your email or Flinders Learning Online. (If
you have already activated your FAN, you will not need to do so again.)
This can be done on the internet at: https://www.flinders.edu.au/fan/
Please note the rules for what passwords will be secure.
Changing your password at other times
Go to https://www.flinders.edu.au/fan/ and change your password as noted
above. You can change your password at any time when you are logged
Lost/forgotten passwords
If you forget your password, you will need to go to room 260SSN and ask
for your password to be reset. You must show your student card in order
for your password to be reset.
Logging out
When you finish using a lab computer, don’t forget to logout. If you do
not logout, others can use (or misuse) your account, internet access,
printing quota, etc. You logout by clicking on the Start button on the
lower left hand corner of the screen. Then click on Shutdown. Make sure
‘Close all programs and logon as a different user’ is selected, and then
click Yes.
Failure to logout is a breach of the rules and may result in suspension of
your account.
If you have problems logging out, please seek help from those around
you, or from the Social Sciences Computing Helpdesk, room 260SSN, ext
Internet access
You are required to enter your FAN details each time you access the
internet. All sites visited are logged and can be traced back to you.
Internet access is also available from computers in the Library (100
Please note that you have been given internet access to use for academic
purposes, not for entertainment. Use of the internet for non-study purposes
may result in suspension of your computer access.
iFlinders (student portal)
iFlinders is the University student portal, which can be accessed from the labs
or any internet connection. Log in to iFlinders at https://i.flinders.edu.au/ to:
• access topic materials and resources—utilising Flinders Learning
    Online (FLO)
• check your student email account

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•   access personal library details and search the library catalogue
•   enrol in or withdraw from topics, register in classes, view timetable
    information, update contact details, make payments and view results
    (Student Information System)
• read University announcements
• access your personal diary/calendar
Your Social Sciences account gives you access to a printing quota. Your
quota size depends on the topics in which you are enrolled. The amount is
normally 60 pages per Social Sciences topic. Laser printers are located in
rooms 109SSN, 221SSN, 113LWCM and 010SSS. Each lab prints to its
nearest laser printer.
If you run out of printing quota, more printing can be purchased from
room 260SSN at the following rates:
$5 :: 30 pages     $10 :: 70 pages      $20 :: 150 pages     $100 :: 800 pages
Disk space
Each student has 10 MB of space on the server to save files. This is
denoted under your login as your H drive, named ‘{your FAN} on
SSCluster\Users\Home’. If your H drive starts getting full, you may need
to delete some files to free up space. To tell if your H drive is full, you
will notice that the small icon in the bottom right hand corner of the
screen will have changed from a grey box with a green tick underneath it
to a grey box with a yellow exclamation mark (75% full) or a red X (90%
or more full). If your H drive is full you will not be able to save any more
files to it.
Where to go for help
If you need further information or assistance, please contact one of the

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                          Who to contact                          Location   Phone
After hours access        Faculty Services Office                 253 SSN    8201 2146
                          (Social Sciences)                       254 SSS
Lab related problems,     Computer helpdesk                       260 SSN    8201 3500
lost passwords            (Social Sciences)
Flinders Learning         FLO Helpdesk                            157 Lib    8201 5378
Online problems           (Library)
Problems accessing        FLO Helpdesk                            Library    8201 5378
topic results, personal
info, etc

Please be prepared to show your student card when requesting assistance.

10.       ENROLMENT

10.1 Full-time or Part-time
It has been our experience that students who have a full-time occupation,
whether in the home or in paid or other employment, cannot manage at the
same time the heavy workload involved in full-time study for a
professional degree. Students should be aware that no allowance in the
scheduling of classes or in the workload can be made for those in full-time
work and their enrolment should be planned accordingly.
Students considering part-time studies, and particularly those
thinking of maintaining their work activities, should feel free to
consult with the Director of Studies or the Director of Higher

10.2 Timetable Constraints
The necessity to concentrate the class room teaching, in order to free time
for the practical field education, presents considerable timetabling
problems. In some topics it is necessary for the teaching to be undertaken
outside of semester dates. These details are available at the time of
enrolment. The University proceeds on the assumption that students who
enrol in a topic will be free to attend classes as prescribed (unless enrolled
as an external student). For some topics attendance at seminars or

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tutorials may be a requirement for satisfactory completion of the

10.3 Enrolment in Extra Topics
All topics in the University carry a unit weighting. A normal year’s work
for a full-time student comprises 36 units.

Social Work students may enrol in up to 42 units in any one year.
Enrolment in more than 42 units requires the approval of the Associate
Head (Academic) of the Faculty of Social Sciences (in his/her capacity as
Chair of the Undergraduate Standing Committee of the Board of the
Faculty of Social Sciences). Online enrolment allows an enrolment of 21
units per semester. A student who wishes to enrol in more than 21 units
per semester needs to use the ‘Request Support’ tab on the enrolment
website <http://faq.flinders.edu.au> to obtain approval from the Director
of Studies/Director of Higher Degrees.

10.4 Credit for Topics Previously Completed
Credit Transfer is a process which allows students to seek recognition for
prior studies.
Specified Credit: may be awarded when the study already undertaken is
substantially the same standard and has substantially the same syllabus as
an equivalent topic offered at this University.
Unspecified Credit: may be awarded on the basis of work done which is
deemed to be equivalent in amount and academic value to a body of work
at this University for which there is no direct topic equivalent.
Block Credit: may be awarded for work of a similar standard in a program
of studies (eg. major/minor) which is equivalent to one offered at the
A student who has undertaken a topic at another institution which is not
directly equivalent to a Flinders topic, but has a significant similarity,
may, in some cases, be exempted from components of a topic.
For further details and application form, see

10.5 Continuing Enrolment
Students considering an enrolment which includes topics from different
year levels must ensure that (i) their enrolment involves no timetable
clashes; (ii) they have met the pre-requisites for their topics.

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Part time students are encouraged to discuss their program with the
Director of Studies/Director of Higher Degrees.

10.6 Completion of Studies
To complete the following programs, a student must achieve:
Bachelors of Social Work and Social Planning – a grade of P or better in
144 units of specified topics,
Bachelor of Social Work – a grade of P or better in 72 units of specified
Master of Social Work – a grade of P or better in 72 units of specified
Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief & Trauma Counselling – a grade of P
or better in 18 units of specified topics.

10.7 Interruption of Studies
Students are allowed a period of:
Ten consecutive years in which to complete the Bachelors of Social Work
and Social Planning
Five consecutive years in which to complete the Bachelor of Social Work
Five consecutive years in which to complete the Master of Social Work
Two consecutive years in which to complete the Graduate Certificate in
Loss, Grief & Trauma Counselling.

It is possible, and may be desirable, for a student to have a break from
study if other commitments prejudice satisfactory progress in the course.

Students who do not obtain leave may be required to apply for
readmission to the course in order to return to study. Students
commencing an undergraduate course who withdraw prior to their first
census date (usually 31 March) must apply to SATAC to defer their place.

An application for leave is not required for one semester’s leave.
Approved leave covers a one year period only and subsequent application
is required to extend beyond one year. Requests for leave are to be
submitted electronically as an Enrolment Request via the ‘Request
Support’ tab, stating the reasons for your leave – see

Higher degree students should contact the Academic & Student
Administration Unit to make arrangements for intermission of
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Any extension of candidature beyond ten years (BSWBSP)/five years
(BSW) must have the approval of the Undergraduate Standing Committee
of the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Applications for
extensions should be submitted to the Academic & Student
Administration Unit.

10.8 Withdrawal Deadlines
Withdrawal from a topic is recorded differently on the student’s academic
record according to the timing of the withdrawal. Where a student
withdraws from a topic by the census date, the enrolment will be purged,
ie that topic will not appear on the student’s academic record. Where the
withdrawal occurs prior to the withdrawal deadline but after the census
date, the withdrawal shows as WN (withdrawn). Where the withdrawal
occurs after the last day to withdraw, the withdrawal shows as WF
(withdraw – failed).

To avoid paying fees on a topic from which you withdraw, you need to
withdraw on, or prior to, the census date. If there are special
circumstances that result in you withdrawing from one or more topics after
the census date, you will need supporting documentation for remission or
refund of fees, and the application must be submitted within 12 months of
the date you withdrew. Application forms are available from Enrolment

10.9 Amendment to Enrolment
All undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students can add or
change topics via the Student Information System website at:
https://stuadmin.flinders.edu.au/login up to the last day to enrol in new

Students who receive any payment from Centrelink must advise
Centrelink of any changes to enrolment, change of address, change of
living arrangement, or change of income. Failure to notify Centrelink of a
change of circumstances may incur a penalty or breach. An amendment
which results in a change in the distribution of unit load, per term or per
semester, may result in a loss of benefits, even if the total units for the
year remain unchanged.

Student Support Officers, Flinders Campus Community Services, are
available to talk to students over the phone or in person about Centrelink
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issues, financial difficulties, tax assistance, student loans and grants, child
care, HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP information and advocacy issues.
Drop into the Student Services Office (off the Plaza), or telephone for an
appointment on 8201 2082.

10.10 Review of Student Progress
The Examinations Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences will, at the end
of each semester, identify and notify those students whose results indicate
the risk of failure or preclusion, and draw the student’s attention to the
appropriate clauses in relation to preclusion. In addition, faculties will
provide advice to students on the availability of academic counselling and
the academic support and counselling services provided for students by
the University.
A student will be deemed to be at risk of failure or preclusion if they
achieve a grade of Fail in 50 percent or more of the units attempted in the
period under consideration.
A student’s progress may be considered to be unsatisfactory if the student
has attempted 36 units or more with an overall Grade Point Average of
less than 1.33 and in the year under consideration has a GPA of less than
1.33. For the purposes of this clause, topics for which a Withdraw, Not
Fail (WN) has been recorded will be excluded from the calculation of
The Student Progress Committee of the Faculty of Social Sciences may
require a student to ‘show cause’ why he/she should not be precluded
from the course if he/she has made unsatisfactory progress.


11.1 Components and Weighting
It is a requirement of the Faculty Board that the assessment procedures to
be adopted in a topic be reported to the Board immediately following the
fourth teaching week in that topic. Once reported to the Board, the
assessment procedures are binding on both students and staff unless the
Board approves amendments.

It is essential, therefore, that any queries concerning the proposed
assessment instruments, their relative weighting, due date, etc, should
be taken up with the staff member concerned in the early weeks of
the topic. The topic coordinator will provide a copy of the Statement of

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Assessment Methods to all students enrolled in a topic within the first
week of teaching.

11.2 Grading system
HD (High Distinction)      85-100
DN (Distinction)           75-84
CR (Credit)                65-74
P (Pass)                   50-64
NGP (Non-Graded Pass)      50+
F (Fail)                   0-49

NB: Field Education topics are graded as non-graded pass/fail.

11.3 Assessment Criteria
The University has laid down the criteria to be observed in arriving at
final grades for term papers or other pieces of written work which form
part of the assessment in a topic.
Pass Level (P) - The grade will be awarded where there is evidence that a
student has undertaken the required core work for the topic and has
demonstrated at least an adequate level of
knowledge/understanding/competencies/skills required for meeting topic
objectives and satisfactorily completing essential assessment exercises.
The student would normally have attained an adequate knowledge of
matter contained in set texts or reading materials, and demonstrated
familiarity with major academic debates, approaches, methodologies and
conceptual tools. A score in the range of 50-64 will be awarded.
Pass is the highest grade which can be achieved in a supplementary
assessment granted on academic grounds.
Credit (CR) - The grade will be awarded where there is evidence that a
student has undertaken all of the required core work for the topic and
additional work in wider areas relevant to the topic, and has demonstrated
a sound level of knowledge/understanding/competencies/skills required
for meeting topic objectives and completing assessment exercises at a
proficient standard.
The student would normally have attained a sound knowledge of matter
contained in set texts or reading materials and have done wider reading,
and demonstrated familiarity with and the ability to apply a range of major
academic debates, approaches, methodologies and conceptual tools.
Students should have a reasonable opportunity of reaching this grade
provided they have completed all course requirements, demonstrated
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proficiency in the full range of course objectives and shown considerable
evidence of a sound capacity to work with the range of relevant subject
matter. A score in the range of 65-74 will be awarded.
Distinction (DN) - The grade will be awarded where there is evidence
that a student has undertaken all of the required core work for the topic at
a high level and considerable additional work in wider areas relevant to
the topic, has demonstrated advanced
knowledge/understanding/competencies/skills required for meeting topic
objectives and completing assessment exercises at a high standard.
The student would normally have attained an advanced knowledge of
matter beyond that contained in set texts or reading materials and have
done considerable wider reading, and have demonstrated a broad
familiarity with and facility at applying a range of major academic
debates, approaches, methodologies and conceptual tools.
The grade should reflect very high quality work which shows the student
generally works at a level which is beyond the requirements of the
assessment exercise and is developing a capacity for original and creative
thinking. A score in the range of 75-84 will be awarded.
High Distinction (HD) - The grade will be awarded where there is
evidence that a student has undertaken the required core work for the
topic at a high level and considerable additional work in wider areas
relevant to the topic, has demonstrated the acquisition of an advanced
level of knowledge/understanding/competencies/skills required for
meeting topic objectives and passing the range of topic elements at the
highest level.
The student would normally have attained an in-depth knowledge of
matter contained in set texts or reading materials and undertaken extensive
wider reading beyond that which is required or expected. The student
would have consistently demonstrated a high level of proficiency at
applying a range of major academic debates, approaches, methodologies
and conceptual tools and combining a knowledge of the subject matter of
the topic with original and creative thinking.
The grade will be awarded in recognition of the highest level of academic
achievement expected of a student at a given topic level. A score in the
range of 85-100 will be awarded.
Non-Graded Pass for Satisfactory Performance (NGP) - The grade
will be awarded in a topic that is assessed only on a pass or fail basis,
where a satisfactory level of performance and participation has been
achieved. The grade may be awarded to reflect:

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- that the student has achieved mastery of the topic content; and
- that the student has satisfactorily completed topic requirements or
contractual requirements where these form a prerequisite or condition of
passing, or continuing with a program of study.
The Non-Graded Pass is awarded on a pass/fail basis and a score would
not normally be assigned. The grade may encompass any level of
achievement from satisfactory performance through to outstanding
performance (ie scores from 50 to 100). A topic assessed as NGP will not
be counted for the purposes of applying Grade Point Average to the
grading system.
Fail (F) - The grade will be awarded if a student is unable to demonstrate
satisfactory academic performance in the topic or has failed to complete
essential topic elements or required assessment tasks at an acceptable
level, in accordance with topic objectives. A score in the range of 0-49
will be awarded.

11.4 Assessment Policy for Field Education
Details of the assessment policy for field education topics are contained
within in the Field Education Information Pack, School of Social Work.

11.5 Application for an Extension of Time Beyond the Due Date
All topics are of a prescribed length, and all work in a topic is normally
expected to be completed within the prescribed period.

Extensions of time will only be granted on medical or compassionate
grounds, and then only if supported by appropriate documentary evidence.
Extensions will not be granted because other commitments interfere with
coursework. It is the student’s responsibility to adjust his/her enrolment
workload according to his/her other commitments (see 10.1 Full-time or

Applications for extension of time in which to complete written work or
other topic requirements are handled differently according to whether the
extra time falls within or extends beyond the deadline for the topic set by
the Examinations Board, Faculty of Social Sciences.

For an extension up to 14 calendar days without penalty, within the
faculty deadline, the request should be submitted to the
Undergraduate/Postgraduate Program Coordinator.

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For an extension beyond the faculty deadline, or for a special
examination, the request must be submitted to the Faculty Office, on the
University form headed ‘Application for a special examination or
extension on medical or compassionate grounds’. The request must be
submitted within 3 working days after the date of examination or
assignment deadline. The request should be submitted directly to the
Faculty Office.

11.6 Supplementary Assessment
No application for the award of supplementary assessment on academic
grounds is necessary as such supplementary assessment is awarded
automatically where it is applicable – ie where a student
• achieves an overall result in the topic of between 45 and 49%, (or
    between 40 and 49% where a student obtains a fail grade in the last 12
    units required for completion of a course) or the equivalent where
    percentage marks are not awarded;
• has completed all required work for the topic;
• has met all attendance requirements; and
• obtains at least a pass level grade in any specific component of
    assessment (other than an examination) for the topic where this is
    explicitly stated to be a formal requirement for the successful
    completion of the course or topic.

Applications for supplementary assessment on medical or compassionate
grounds must be made on the standard form available on the University’s
website or Faculty Office and lodged through the Faculty Office. In
addition, Part B of the form must be completed by a doctor when the
application is on medical grounds, or by a doctor or other appropriate
professional when the application is on compassionate grounds, and
forwarded to the University.

11.7 Academic Integrity
The University regards academic dishonesty as a very serious matter and
imposes strict penalties on those students who are found to be guilty of an
offence under the terms of University policy in this area.
It is therefore the obligation of all students to understand and respect the
rules concerning academic dishonesty.
Academic dishonesty may take a number of forms including:
•     submitting the work of another person which is represented as your
      own original work (plagiarism);
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•    any improper assistance during examinations;
•    fabrication or falsification of data or results of laboratory, field or
     other work;
•    submitting the same piece of work for more than one topic unless the
     lecturers-in-charge have indicated that this procedure is acceptable
     for the specific piece of work in question.
The University recognises that sometimes academic dishonesty,
particularly in the form of plagiarism, may arise from genuine ignorance
of the use of academic conventions but will not accept ignorance as an

For further details on policy see:

Appropriate Referencing
A recognised convention for academic referencing like the Harvard
system or APA system should be consistently used.

It is important that students reference material appropriately in their
assignments. There are some potential ‘pitfalls’ that students have
experienced in this regard and which you should endeavour to avoid by
following the guidelines below.
Avoid overuse of web sites as references – There are many web sites
online, some of which are very good, and others that are not, in terms of
the quality of the information included. Despite the appeal of web sites as
‘quick and easy’ ways to research ideas, they should not be used as a
significant part of your referencing for assignments done in University
studies. Your reading and research for ideas to include in your
assignments should focus on recognised academic or professional
literature, such as that included in a topic’s selected readings or
recommended texts.
Do not use the topic handouts as references – The topic handouts are
provided as a general resource to assist students during presentations.
This material will not be accepted as a reference in essays. For example, a
reference such as ‘Bull, M (2005) Lecture notes from Integrated Methods
in Social Work’ is not an appropriate or acceptable citation. You must
cite the original source of any referenced ideas in your essays. Any
references should refer to the original work, such as articles in a topic
reading pack. Use of the handouts as a reference may result in a lower
grade being awarded to the assignment involved.

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In addition, no real names or identifying information are to be included in
your assignments. You should include a footnote, indicating that
identifying information has been changed, in any assignment that deals
with case situations.


12.1 Review of Marks for, and Re-marking of, Assessment Exercises
quoting from http://www.flinders.edu.au/ppmanual/student/assessment2.htm
“16.1These provisions concerning a review of a mark and re-marking do not
     apply to the final grade awarded for a topic. Appeals against final
     grades are the subject of separate procedures.
16.2 To initiate the review, the student must first contact the Lecturer
     responsible for the mark to discuss this within ten working days of
     the return of the assessment exercise. The Lecturer may take
     whatever action is reasonable to review the mark and will discuss the
     outcome with the student.
16.3 Where the student is dissatisfied with the outcome of the discussion,
     he/she may make a written request that the work be re-marked and
     must include evidence to support the belief that the grade is wrong or
     unfair. The request must be submitted to the relevant Head of
     Academic Organisational Unit within ten working days of the
     discussion with the Lecturer provided for under Clause 16.2.
16.4 The Head of Academic Organisational Unit will decide if a re-mark
     is justified or not and will notify this decision and the reasons for the
     decision in writing to the student within five working days of the
     request being received. Should the Lecturer responsible for the mark
     concerned also be the Head of Academic Organisational Unit, this
     function will be fulfilled by the Executive Dean of the Faculty or
     his/her nominee.
16.5 A student whose request for a re-mark is not granted may appeal to
     the Student Appeals Committee in accordance with Clause 16.11.
16.6 Where the Head of Academic Organisational Unit decides that a re-
     mark is justified, he or she will arrange, wherever possible, for an
     independent re-marking of the assessment exercise by a staff member
     other than the original assessor.

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     16.6.1 This staff member may be from the Academic Organisational
     Unit or another Academic Organisational Unit or institution, but
     must have expertise in the area of the assessment exercise.
     16.6.2 The person undertaking the re-mark must ensure that the re-
     mark is as independent as possible and will be given:
     • all relevant documentation about the exercise in question
         including a description of the topic of which it is part and of the
         exercise itself, assessment criteria for the topic and exercise and
         any available information about standards expected for each
         range of marks;
     • a clean copy of the student’s work, where possible.
     The re-marker will not normally be given details of the student’s
     original assessment, including any mark.
16.7 After the second assessor has independently marked the piece of
     work, he or she will compare marks with the original assessor and
     the two of them will endeavour to reach an agreed mark. If the two
     cannot agree, the Head of Academic Organisational Unit will decide
     what mark will be awarded.
16.8 The mark achieved as the result of a re-mark will be the final mark
     regardless of whether it is higher or lower than the original mark.
16.9 The Head of Academic Organisational Unit will notify the student in
     writing of the outcome of the re-mark and the procedures followed in
     conducting the re-mark.
16.10 A student who wishes to appeal to the Student Appeals Committee
     against the outcome of a re-mark may do so only on the ground that
     correct procedures were not followed in carrying out the re-mark.
16.11 An appeal to the Student Appeals Committee against the outcome
     of a request for a re-mark of an assessment exercise must be lodged
     with the Director, Academic and Student Services within 21 days of
     the date of the dispatch of the notification of the outcome. The
     appeal must:
     • be accompanied by a copy of the letter the student has received
         about the outcome of the request for a re-mark;
     • include details of the request for a re-mark, details of the action
         which the student has taken thus far and the grounds for the
         appeal, including the evidence in support of the student’s case,
         together with supporting documentation. ”

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12.2 Appeals Against Final Topic Grades
In the case of final topic grades there are two grounds for appeal:
(a) That the assessment procedures as reported to the Faculty Board
       were not followed;
(b) That the final grade is unfair or wrong.
It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the process of initial

For further details see:


13.1 Staff-Student Consultative Committee
Each school/department/unit in the University has its own staff-student
Consultative Committee, on which sit all full-time members of the
teaching staff of the school/department/unit and an equal number of
students enrolled in that school/department/unit. Student nominations are
called for in March of each year.

13.2 Feedback and Complaint Channels
Matters affecting more than one student may be raised through the
following channels:
     (a) Informal discussion between the staff and students concerned
     (b) Written forms provided for evaluation of topics
     (c) Informal discussions between representatives of the
           Consultative Committee and staff concerned
     (d) Discussion with the Head of the School
     (e) Formal Consultative Committee meetings.

It is preferable not to raise a matter formally on the Consultative
Committee until the other avenues for feedback to staff have been


14.1 Flinders University Library
The Library offers a range of services that support your use of Library
facilities and resources. The Liaison Librarian for students of this School
is Mr Tony Giorgio, phone 8201 3542.
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14.2     Unibooks
Unibooks is located at Flinders University, on the Plaza. Recommended
texts and topic readers can be purchased there. Students who are
undertaking their studies in external mode can telephone Unibooks and
arrange payment for their readers and forwarding.

14.3 Student Learning Centre
Level 1 of the Student Centre (next to the Alan Mitchell Sports Centre),
provides a wide variety of written material and advice with regards to
study habits, paper writing, tutorial presentations, research procedures and
exam preparation. Students are encouraged to review the resources
available through the unit.

14.4 Health & Counselling Services
The University provides on-campus health, counselling and disability
services. These services are available to students on a confidential basis.
It is not the role of the academic staff to undertake the personal
counselling of students which should more properly be sought from these

Students with Disabilities
Disability Services are able to assist students with physical, vision,
mobility, medical, hearing, learning or psychiatric disability where their
disabilities may be restricting their educational opportunities.
Phone 8201 2943 or email dlo@flinders.edu.au (appointments);
TTY (telephone typewriter – for the hearing impaired) phone 8201 3242.

Reasonable adjustments to teaching and assessment methods can be
negotiated through following a defined University procedure.
Please contact the University’s Disability Liaison Officer or the Disability
Academic Advisor for assistance and information.

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14.5 Flinders One
Flinders One, a not-for-profit organisation established to enrich the life of
the Flinders University Community, provides direct and in-kind
assistance. Services include:.
         Student advocacy
         Student support through welfare and financial counselling
         Emergency loans and support
         Sports clubs and fitness
         Clubs and societies
         Postgraduate students’ support
         Student employment service
         International students’ support
         Cafes and restaurants
         Food and beverage outlets
         The Wholefood Store
         Retail One – your campus essentials
         VenueTix ticketing outlet
         Online services
         Online classified ads
         Exclusive member promotions and special offers
         And plenty of entertainment, bands and campus activities.

Student Support and Advocacy
The Student Assist Office contains a team of experienced and well trained
social workers, financial counsellors and academic rights (advocacy)
officers who can assist students with appeals, 'showing cause' letters and
act as an advocate in issues regarding academic integrity and dishonesty
breaches, dealing with plagiarism, collusion, falsification, assistance in
gaining supplementary exams, a re-mark or supplement, passing or
improving a grade, review of student progress (GPA).

14.6      Equal Opportunity Unit
The EOU is responsible for policy development and advice on matters
relating to women, people with disabilities, and race issues and handles
queries relating to discrimination and harassment.

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 The EO Unit supports a network of Equal Opportunity Contact Officers
 who are located in all areas of the University. EO Contact Officers receive
 regular training in the EO Grievance Procedures and informal complaints
 handling. The role of EO contact Officers is to provide confidential
 support and information to people involved in a complaint of
 discrimination or sexual harassment.

 14.7 International Office and International Student Services Unit
 The International Office and the International Student Services Unit
 provide assistance to international students in areas of admission,
 scholarships, accommodation etc. Phone 8201 2727 (International Office)
 or 8201 2717 (ISSU).

 14.8 Yunggorendi
 Yunggorendi provides support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
 Australians with all aspects of their University work. Phone 8201 3033.

 One forum for discussion of matters of interest to Social Work and Social
 Planning students is their own student organisation (SWAPSO) which is
 affiliated with the University’s clubs and societies. This organisation is in
 recess due to lack of interest. Please contact the Director of Studies if you
 are interested in resurrecting this organisation.


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Evelyn Antoinette Shlomowitz Prize
(Value: $100)
Awarded to the student with the most outstanding performance in the first
year of the Bachelor of Social Work.
The prize was established in 2000 by Dr Ralph Shlomowitz to honour his
wife, the late Evelyn Shlomowitz, who was a PhD graduate of the School
of Social Administration & Social Work.

RG Brown Prize
(Value: $250)
Awarded to the student who achieves the best aggregate results in the
final year of the BSocAdmin/BSW course.
The prize honours the late Professor RG Brown, the School’s
Foundation Professor, who retired at the end of 1989 after almost 25
years as Head of the School of Social Administration.

Ann Collins Memorial Prize
(Value: $250)
Awarded to the student currently studying social work in the School of
Social Work who has made the most significant contribution to social
work fieldwork practice in a multicultural or cross-cultural setting.
The prize was established in 1992 as a memorial to Ann Collins’
commitment to multicultural social work. Ann was a member of the
field education team, 1984-1992.

Dept for Correctional Services Prize
(Value: $250)
Awarded to a student enrolled in the course leading to the degree of
BSocAdmin/BSW for an essay/piece of research which focuses on
social work in the criminal justice system or a relevant fieldwork
placement yielding some tangible and lasting outcome.

Australian Association of Social Workers Prize
(Value: $250)
Awarded to the student/s who can best identify and discuss an ethical
dilemma in placement as outlined in Unit 8, Standard 8.1 of the Work
Book, Field Education 2, School of Social Work.

Elaine MW Martin Prize
(Value: $250)
Awarded to the best student in the School of Social Work completing an
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MSW degree following a social work qualification.
This prize honours the late Dr Elaine Martin who was on the staff of the
School from 1974-2000. She took a leading role in the establishment of
the School as a leader in social work education in Australia.

Flinders has graduation ceremonies twice a year. The main ceremonies
are held on campus in April for students who completed their studies in
the previous year. Smaller ceremonies are held in the city in December
for international and other students who completed their course in
Semester 1.
It is not compulsory to attend a graduation ceremony but most students do.
Even if you do not intend to graduate in person you must submit the
appropriate Application for Conferral of Degree or Award of Diploma or
Certificate form.
For further information, contact the Graduation Office in the Student
Centre, adjacent to the Sports Centre (open 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri).
Phone: (08) 8201 5069, fax: (08) 8201 2580,
email: grad.office@flinders.edu.au

The Careers and Employer Liaison Centre provides career counselling
and assistance seeking graduate jobs and making the right impression
with prospective employers.

For career information specific to social work please visit:

For more detailed information check out the Careers Fact Files in the
Careers and Employer Liaison Centre Resource Room.
Graduate Opportunities lists major graduate programs. Copies of these are
available at the Careers and Employer Liaison Centre or can be viewed
online. Search our online recruitment links for other graduate recruitment
The Centre has a number of programs that can assist you:
     • graduate employment services including recruitment fairs,
         employer activities online vacancies and our graduate email
         vacancy list;
     • information and assistance with your job search;
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   •   graduate skill development programs;
   •   opportunities to gain industry experience including vacation
       work and work experience; and
   •   career development services


Semester 1
Weeks 1-14                   2 March – 19 June
Mid Semester Break           13-24 April
Assessment                   20 June – 4 July
Mid Year Break               6 July - 24 July

Semester 2
Weeks 1-14                   27 July – 13 November
Mid Semester Break           21 September – 2 October
Assessment                   14 November – 28 November

Semester 1 Topics
Tuesday 10 March   Last day to pay Semester 1 Student
                   Services Fee, up-front student
                   contribution amounts and tuition fees
Friday 13 March    Last day to enrol in new topics
Tuesday 31 March   Census Date
                   Last day to purge topics from student
                   Last day to withdraw without incurring
                   student contribution amounts, tuition
                   fees, or consuming Student Learning
                   Entitlement (SLE)
Friday 15 May      Last day to withdraw without failure (WN)
Friday 19 June     Last day to withdraw (WF)

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Semester 2 Topics
Friday 7 August                Last day to enrol in new topics
Monday 10 August               Last day to pay Semester 2 up-front
                               student contribution amounts, and tuition
Monday 31 August               Census Date
                               Last day to purge topics from student
                               Last day to withdraw without incurring
                               student contribution amounts, tuition fees
                               or consuming Student Learning
                               Entitlement (SLE)
Friday 9 October               Last day to withdraw without failure (WN)
Friday 13 November             Last day to withdraw (WF)

Non-semester topics (e.g. summer schools, intensives)
Last day to enrol               Last day of teaching or census date,
                                whichever date is earlier
Census Date                     First University working day after
Last day to purge topics        20% of combined teaching and
from student record             assessment period has elapsed
Last day to withdraw without
 incurring student contributions,
 tuition fees or consuming Student
 Learning Entitlement (SLE)
Last day to withdraw without 2/3 through the teaching period for the
 failure                         topic or the census date whichever
                                 date is later
Last day to withdraw            Last day of teaching or last day to withdraw
                                without failure, whichever date is later

Full-time students must be enrolled in at least 13.5 units per semester to
qualify for Austudy/Youth Allowance. If you are receiving
Austudy/Youth Allowance and you withdraw from a topic and your total
study load is reduced below 13.5 units in a semester, you must notify

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